A charter plane carrying Russian foreign nationals was held up at Yellowknife airport in Canada’s Northwest Territories, Transport Minister Omar Alghabra said in a tweet on Thursday.
“We will continue to hold Russia accountable for its invasion of Ukraine,” Alghabra said in the tweet, without providing further details. Ottawa announced a series of sanctions and other measures against Russia after Moscow launched an invasion of Ukraine on February 24. It has closed its airspace and ports to Russian ships, sent lethal military aid to Ukraine and asked the International Criminal Court to investigate alleged war crimes committed by Russian forces.
A plane carrying Russian civilians en route to the High Arctic ran aground in Yellowknife on Tuesday, CBC News reported Wednesday, citing a minister for Canada’s Northwest Territories. “It appears that the aircraft and its passengers were en route to Resolute, Nunavut, with the intention of undertaking a planned land expedition to the Arctic in a large all-terrain utility vehicle,” the minister said. ‘Northwest Territories Infrastructure, Diane Archie.
Transport Canada did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
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